Myanmar’s military attacked a Kachin Baptist seminary in Shan State on November 3. Shrapnel from artillery rounds injured four men. The seminary is not located in an active combat zone.
We spoke to a Christian from Myanmar, whose name we are withholding for security purposes. He says most of the armed resistance in Myanmar is being carried out by ethnic Christian groups.
For instance, over 90 per cent of the Kachin people practice Christianity. The Kachin people also have one of the largest armed groups in Myanmar. The Christian says, “Most young people in this area are taking up arms, fighting against the military, and joining the armed resistance groups. So the military is targeting Bible schools, pastors, and church buildings.”
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He goes on to say that almost all Christian ministry in the region has been disrupted because they cannot meet safely to worship.
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Our Christian contact felt incredibly sad when he heard about the attack, but he wasn’t surprised. “They will be targeting everyone who becomes a threat to them.”
Fighting has troubled Myanmar since a February 2021 coup in which the military toppled the elected government. The Christian says, “It seems that the whole world is closing its eyes. They give us statement upon statement. ‘Oh, we are so sorry. It should not be like that.'”
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“But actually, we are not seeing any action from the international community, or even from the international Christian community. Please pray for God’s intervention.”
Pray the violence across Myanmar would end soon. Ask God to give the Christian community strength as they endure constant attacks.
This story originally appeared at Mission Network News and is republished here with permission.